October Cyber Security Awareness Month

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October 2012 marked the ninth Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month. "Cyber Security Is OUR Shared Responsibility" is the 2012 theme and reflects the interconnectedness of the modern world and the message that all computer users have a role to play to secure cyberspace.

Cyber Security Awareness Month is a nationally recognized effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers to raise cyber security awareness across the country and to empower citizens, businesses, government and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness.

In celebration of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Office of Cyber Security provided a number of educational resources to the public, including an electronic Cyber Security Toolkit. The toolkit includes cyber security-themed posters, calendars, bookmarks, guides, brochures and other content that can be downloaded to help promote and reinforce cyber safety themes in practical, informative, entertaining, and usable ways.

Additional information and resources on cyber issues and implementing sound cyber security practices are also available at the following websites:

October Cyber Security Awareness Month Proclamation


Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the following resources and use the information to promote cyber security awareness.

New York State Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit:

(Important: Please contact the MS-ISAC for instructions for usage of Toolkit material, reproduction and customized branding.)

Poster Contest

Poster Contest winners

Congratulations to our 2012 New York State student poster contest winners: Jordyn, Jorge, Sebastian, Paige, Maggie, Krissa, Libby, Izzie, Jeffrey, Albert, John and Liza.

Winning Poster Contest Images

New York State is once again conducting a K-12 Computer Safety Poster Contest to encourage young people to use the Internet safely and securely and to craft messages and images that will best resonate with their peers across the country.

The contest will be open to all public, private or home-schooled students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.



Cyber Pledge

The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center has launched its "Cyber Pledge" contest, which aims to raise awareness about staying safe online and encourages individuals to confirm their commitment to online safety. This pledge is one of several initiatives underway to celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October. The contest is being conducted September 10, 2012 through October 31, 2012.

Everyone is encouraged to sign the Cyber Pledge and demonstrate the commitment to taking cyber security seriously. If we each pledge to do our part to make our piece of cyber space just a little bit more secure, we can truly make a difference in helping protect our nation’s cyber security.

As part of this national pledge campaign, the MS-ISAC will be recognizing the state and local governments with the most number of citizens who sign the pledge.

Thank you for being a part of this important effort!!



Deborah A. Snyder

Acting Chief Information Security Officer


Cyber Security